A landmark employment tribunal will decide next year whether veganism should be regarded as a philosophical belief and therefore receive the status of protected characteristic under the law.
Jordi Casamitjana claims he was fired from his role as head of policy and research at the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) after disclosing it was investing pension funds into firms involved in animal testing. He says he was discriminated against because he is vegan.
An employment tribunal will meet in March 2019 to determine whether veganism is a "philosophical belief" protected by law. If the tribunal decides it is, the discrimination claim will proceed to a full trial.
Anthony Sakrouge appears in People Management saying "it seemed quite likely ethical veganism would qualify as a protected belief". He pointed out that guidance from the Human Rights Commission already assumes vegetarianism is protected and that the commission indicated soon after the act was passed that it was likely to add veganism.
Sacked 'ethical vegan' claims discrimination in landmark case is available to read in the People Management website.
Anthony is head of the employment team, which has been described by The Legal 500 (2019) as "tenacious and committed litigators" and that "delivers appropriate and measured advice that gives clients confidence in its ability".